Field guide to the birds of North America.
Illustrations are larger, and the additional text often compares the bird under study with similar species. Reproduction quality is better here than in the Golden guide.
Instead of sonagrams, this field guide uses description and onomatopoeic words to describe songs and calls. This technique is accurate and probably more useful to most people than sonagrams. For example, "Northern flicker calls include a rapid wik-wik-wik-wik and wick-er-wick-er-wick-er and a single, loud klee-yer."
Though experienced birders generally consider it the best of the new field guides, some beginners think it's too complicated.
You can mail-order a copy from the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. 20036, for $16.95 postpaid. If you want a set called "Wonder of Birds," which includes the guide, a migration map, bird song records, and a general monograph, send $33.70.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 1985|
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